(Un)Balanced: Exhibition About Noticing and Peace of Mind
This exhibition invites us to reflect on how to maintain balance in life and cope with change and difficulties. The exhibition features works by eight contemporary artists, all of which, in one way or another, explore the concept of balance. How can we find a balance between worries and joys, work and leisure, dreams and commitments, anxiety and peace of mind? The works on display include a set of evocative photos by Karel Koplimets and a display of sombre objects by Urmas Lüüs, as well as delicate ceramics by Ingrid Allik, vibrant glass mosaics by Maret Sarapu and humorous photos by Sigrid Viir.
The exhibition is accompanied by educational programmes for different age groups and a series of lectures on mental health in cooperation with Peaasi.ee.
Maintaining inner peace and balance has become increasingly difficult in our complex and turbulent world. In recent years, our sense of security has been shaken by the Covid-19 pandemic, war and the climate crisis. All of this has had a direct impact on individual well-being. In addition to social instability, peace of mind can be affected by changes in brain chemistry and lifestyle choices. In the current era of crisis, resilience is key: how to survive and adapt to new circumstances without harming oneself. Even when balance is found, it is always fragile and can be easily lost. This exhibition focuses on maintaining balance, which is undoubtedly one of the key skills for coping with change and difficulties, and maintaining a sense of well-being.
Drawing on a broader critical analysis of contemporary society or on personal experiences, these works address painful themes, such as burnout, isolation, self-censorship and loneliness. Why do we often hide our true thoughts or feelings? Why do some worries or problems carry stigmas, and why is it embarrassing to seek help for them? How can we correct mistakes or come to terms with past traumas, let go of worries, and move on with our lives? There are no straightforward answers, but identifying negative thought patterns is half the battle.
Covid-19 has blurred the boundaries between work and leisure and made us forget the importance of cooperation and face-to-face communication. As biological and social animals, humans require both communication and rest. We need to take a breather now and then, and consciously make time for ourselves. A sense of belonging and meaningful relationships are also crucial components of a happy life. And yet, according to social scientists, loneliness is on the rise: this is a modern pandemic that affects people of all ages and social backgrounds.
Positive psychology encourages people to focus on the positive aspects of life. The works displayed at this exhibition similarly invite us to look on the bright side. Hardships can be approached with humour, and peace of mind can be achieved through mindfulness practices. It is important to remind ourselves that, in addition to self-fulfilment, we should also prioritise self-care. We can celebrate small and everyday successes, be kind and gentle to ourselves, and be grateful for what we have. Learning to take care of ourselves as conscientiously as we take care of our children, pets or plants can help maintain balance in life. Balance is the foundation of everything.
Participating artists: Ingrid Allik, Merle Kannus, Flo Kasearu, Karel Koplimets, Urmas Lüüs, Piret Räni, Maret Sarapu and Sigrid Viir
Curator: Karin Vicente
Exhibition and graphic design: Aadam Kaarma
Exhibition team: Richard Adang, Siim Hiis, Kaja Kährik, Kaisa-Piia Pedajas, Brigita Reinert, Stanislav Stepaško, Laura Tahk, Allan Talu and Annika Teras